2011 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival to Offer Numerous Workshops with Artists and Educators

Tuesday, February 15 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – The 2011 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, which runs from Feb. 23-26 in Moscow, Idaho, is one of the world’s largest educational jazz festivals.

This year, like years of the past, the festival will offer spectacular evening concerts preformed by professional jazz musicians. Those same artists lead workshops during the day to help jazz students of all ages fine-tune their skills as they explore jazz.

A sampling of the workshops includes:

• Eli Yamin: Jazz Culture and Swing Rhythm
Thursday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m.
KIVA Theatre
921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

The missing link in jazz education today is an emphasis on culture and rhythm. Everybody knows jazz grew out of African American experiences, but what does that mean to us in 2011? How do we translate culture into an educational experience, regardless of our own ethnicity and/or that of students we work with? Singing the spiritual is the doorway to the soul of the music, and it connects us with the roots of music in its most universally human and elemental form: rhythm, call-and-response, protect, and healing through communal emotional expression. Participants will find the foundation in swing rhythm, taught in the historical context of spirituals and the blues, and learn about the renewable energy needed for a rich, exciting discovery of the miraculous, infinite and magical world of jazz.

Yamin is a jazz and blues pianist, produce, educator and Steinway artist. Yamin is the artistic director, and co-founder, of the Jazz Drama Program and training specialist and head of instruction for the Middle School Jazz Academy at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, N.Y. He records, performs and teaches worldwide with his blues band and jazz quartet. His most recent recordings are “You Can’t Buy Swing” with his jazz quartet and “Nora’s Ark,” the jazz musical with his jazz quintet and the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

• What is Jazz, Why is it important to America?
Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. – noon
Student Union Building Borah Theatre
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow

Friday, Feb. 25, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Nazarene Church
Corner of 6th Street and Mountain View Rd. in Moscow

Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
KIVA Theatre
921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

All participants are given a detail description of the five essential elements of jazz, an overview of the music’s history, and its importance in American history and culture, as well as effective ways to teach the subject matter to middle and high school music students.

The workshop is offered by J.B. Dyas, a leader in jazz education for the past two decades. Currently vice president for education and curriculum development at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Dyas oversees the institute's education and outreach programs including Jazz in America, one of the most significant and wide-reaching jazz education programs in the world. Dyas received his master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the University of Miami and doctorate in music education from Indiana University. A professional bassist, he continually performs in a wide variety of commercial, studio, and jazz settings, and has appeared with such artists as Jamey Aebersold, David Baker, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Campbell, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Prince, Red Rodney, Ira Sullivan, and Bobby Watson.

• Tune Learning: JB Dyas
Thursday, Feb. 24, 1-3 p.m.
First Methodist Church
322 E 3rd St. in Moscow

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m.
KIVA Theatre
921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

Dyas also will provide a hands-on demonstration/lecture on how to memorize and retain jazz’s must-know standard repertoire. Workshop includes instruction in “instant memorization,” tune categorization, ear learning, and instant transposition. Tune learning and review schedule check-off sheets, and definitive recording lists are provided to all participants.

• Sherry Luchette on Elementary Jazz Curriculum: “HELP! I don’t know what to do!”
Thursday, Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.
NuArt Theatre
516 S Main St. in Moscow

Friday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.
KIVA Theatre
921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

This session is for music band directors, general music teachers, student teachers and elementary music students alike. With budget cuts, music directors are finding themselves teaching elementary music K-5 along with their own middle and high school programs. Come learn simple ways to infuse jazz into your elementary music program so your kids will be ready for your future instrumental and vocal programs. The key is age-appropriate activities that work with younger students. Learn how to use body movement and games with jazz repertoire. Join us in creating a jazz music story that will introduce jazz style while utilizing classroom percussion. Classroom management techniques will be shared using music activities to keep younger children on-task. Other concepts that will be covered through activities include echoing jazz phrases, emphasizing beats 2 and 4, feeling syncopated swing rhythms, using the blues form and identifying instruments in a jazz context.

• Jeff Hamilton and Ed Shaughnessy: Drumming through the Years!
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.
NuArt Theatre
516 S Main St. in Moscow

Festival powerhouse drummer Jeff Hamilton will interview drum legend Ed Shaughnessy. Learn the rich history and musical lessons that fill Shaughnessy’s life, including his 29 years on the Tonight Show’s Orchestra. Whether it is big band work or smaller combos, Shaughnessy shares insights, laughs and tells stories that help students and audiences to better understand, enjoy and learn about jazz.

Jeff Hamilton is a versatile drummer. He brings originality to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Diana Krall, or co-leading the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. The Los Angeles Jazz Society named Hamilton and his musical partner, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Artistic Director John Clayton, musicians of the year for 2006. Hamilton is currently touring with his own trio, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Shaughnessy, a self-taught drummer, came to prominence mainly in the New York area in the late 1940s working with George Shearing, Jack Teagarden, Georgie Auld and especially Charlie Ventura. In the 1960s, he worked with Count Basie and worked extensively in New York studios, securing a 29-year engagement with The Tonight Show band, under Doc Severinson.

• Sing and Swing with Carmen Bradford
Friday, Feb. 25 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
KIVA Theatre
921 Campus Dr. in Moscow

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2:30-4 p.m.
SUB Borah Theatre
Student Union Building Borah Theatre
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow

Bring your music and be prepared to sing with Carmen Bradford. Listen to the emerging and talented young voices at the festival, and watch the transformations of their songs as Bradford works with them on stage. This is exciting for students and general audiences alike.

Bradford is the daughter of legendary trumpeter/composer Bobby Bradford and world renowned vocalist/composer Melba Joyce. She was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years, and has performed on two Grammy Award-winning albums with the Basie band in the 1980s and later collaborated on a third Grammy Award-winning album, “Big Boss Band,” with guitarist George Benson in 1991. Carmen Bradford’s body of work reflects a vast depth of musical experience and technical brilliance. She also is recognized for the overwhelming passion she brings to the lyric. She has truly contributed to the perpetuation and preservation of jazz, and continues to do so.

• The Manhattan Transfer: Celebrate Vocal Jazz at its Finest!
Friday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.
Student Union Building Ballroom
709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow

It’s been more than 40 years since Tim Hauser, a former Madison Avenue marketing executive and New York City cabbie, aspired to form a harmony vocal quartet sui generis that would authentically embrace many varied musical styles, yet still create something wholly unique in the field of American popular song.

Originally formed in 1969, the Manhattan Transfer recorded several albums covering jazz standards, R&B and pop. They were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross during the early ‘60s.

During the ‘70s through the ‘90s, the group recorded with Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, Laura Nyro, Phil Collins, B.B. King, Chaka Khan, James Taylor and the original Jersey Boy, Frankie Vallie, to name a few.

The Manhattan Transfer is a group of Grammy Award-winning musicians, featuring classics, as well as surprisingly adventurous musical selections, presented in a must-see show that never fails to delight newcomers and satisfy their legions of fans.

• Breaking New Ground with The Jazz Drama Program
Saturday, Feb. 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
NuArt Theatre
516 S Main St. in Moscow

The combination of jazz and storytelling will be explored in this workshop with Eli Yamin. What opportunities does the language of jazz bring to telling stories? How can telling stories with jazz make blues, bebop and swing provide useful, positive and essential lifelong tools for self and group expression for today’s youth? After a sequence of activities involving all participants, a student group will perform live excerpts for “Nora’s Ark,” the jazz musical by Yamin and Clifford Carlson.

• Jimmy Heath, Interviewed by Bob Athayde: I Walked with Giants
Saturday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
NuArt Theatre
516 S Main St. in Moscow

NEA Jazz Master Live artist Jimmy Heath shares his new autobiography, "I Walked with Giants." Festival favorite workshop presenter, Bob Athayde, interviews and visits with the NEA Jazz Master Live artist of the 2011 festival. Composer of more than 100 jazz pieces, three-time Grammy nominee and performer on more than 125 albums, saxophonist Heath has earned a place of honor in jazz history. During his long career, Heath knew many jazz giants, such as Charlie Parker, and played with other innovators, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Along the way, Heath won both their respect and their friendship.

In this extraordinary autobiography, the legendary Heath creates a “dialogue” with musicians and family members. As in jazz, where improvisation by one performer prompts another to riff on the same theme, "I Walked with Giants" juxtaposes Heath’s account of his life and career with recollections from jazz giants about life on the road and making music on the world’s stages.

For more information and complete concert lineups for the 2011 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call (208) 885-5900.

Tickets are available for all evening concerts with prices varying from $20-$39 per night, with additional discounts for youth and college students. Tickets may be purchased at the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center Ticket Office by calling (208) 885-7212 or toll free 1-88-88-UIDAHO, or online at www.UItickets.com.
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